All the most important Sporting Kansas City stories as well as a quick catch-up on the rest of MLS who are in full offseason mode already.
The leagues official site is going hardcore on Sporting KC stories with them being just one of four teams left. Let’s get caught up.
- Matt Doyle does his preview of of the first leg in each Conference Championship game.
- In an interview that originally was on SportingKC.com, Peter Vermes expressed some concern over Johnny Russell’s availability.
- Sporting KC don’t want to look back at the ‘double-post’ game. Full speed ahead.
- The league’s official preview of #PORvSKC.
- Daniel Salloi reflected back on his “dry run” during the summer and PV weighed in too.
- Charles Boehm wonders if it’s just meant to be for SKC in 2018.
- Jaylin Lindsey reflects on his 2018 and looks ahead to the U-20 World Cup and his goal of being the MLS Defender of the Year. He’s since gone on to help earn that spot in the World Cup.
There is also a lot of podcasts and interviews out there if you are less inclined to read and would rather listen.
- The Talkin’ Touches crew talks SKC and MLS.
- Jimmy and Dan do another No Other Pod episode to preview the game.
- Matt Besler does his weekly Border Patrol call-in to talk about Portland on Sunday.
- Khiry Shelton joined The Sporting KC Show on 810 WHB to also talk Portland, where it looks likely he’ll start for suspended Diego Rubio.
It’s all about Daniel Salloi on the Sporting KC YouTube channel.
- First, he won the 2018 Golden Boot for SKC, which was weirdly shaped like he won a season of the Ultimate Fighter and was neither gold or a boot.
- Then Daniel sat down with Carter Augustine to break down his two goals in the second leg against Real Salt Lake. Looking at the first goal where Rubio tries to pull the defenders with his run but Salloi is surrounded, it was easy to miss the lucky deflection the ball took to end up in the net. What stands out on the second for me is the slo-motion of all the elation on the team, especially by Vermes himself.
Don’t forget about Swope Park as well.
- Hadji Barry made his international debut for Guinea and helped them qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Around the World
- Sergio Leon of Real Betis (where Felipe Gutierrez use to play) may be a potential David Villa replacement for New York City FC.
- The offseason is in full swing for most of the league and Seattle picked up 10 player options including Chad Marshall, Harry Ship, Cristian Roldan and Gustav Svensson. They declined four as well including league veteran Lamar Neagle.
- Chris Durkin of D.C. United is linked to a move to Europe.
- LAFC have added another youthful player in 21-year-old Eddie Segura on a six-month loan with the option to buy.
- Mexico’s Marco Fabian says he’s headed to MLS (or Europe).
- FC Dallas’ Maxi Urruti says he isn’t heading back to Argentina and he has two years left on his MLS deal.
- Juninho appears to be headed to Toronto FC.
- Seattle Sounders free agent Ozzie Alonso is going to explore free agency. Orlando City have emerged as a potential landing spot.
- Toronto FC apparently will bring back their right back Auro but will dump their “biggest” signing of 2018 in attacking midfielder Ager Aketxe.